Steelswarm: deck recipe

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“Steelswarm” is an archetype of mostly DARK Fiend-Type monsters with 0 DEF whose main strategy revolves around Tribute Summoning. When they are Tribute Summoned by Tributing a monster(s) of their own archetype, “Steelswarm” monsters gain various effects that can range from Special Summoning to removal.

Example Deck

Skull MeisterSphere KuribohSphere KuribohSphere KuribohStygian SecurityStygian Security
Stygian SecuritySteelswarm MothSteelswarm MothSteelswarm MothSteelswarm GirastagSteelswarm Girastag
Steelswarm GirastagSteelswarm CellSteelswarm CellSteelswarm CellSteelswarm ScoutSteelswarm Scout
Cosmic CycloneCosmic Cyclone----

Set Skill

[Skill] descriptionUser
Can be used only once after starting hands are dealt. Reveal and redraw your starting hand. Your first Draw will be skipped if you use this Skill.
Maximillion Pegasus
Maximillion Pegasus

How to Use

Stygian Security & Steelswarm Scout

When Stygian Security is destroyed by battle and sent to the Graveyard, it allows you to Special Summon a Level 1 Fiend-Type monster directly from your Deck.

Use Stygian Security’s effect to Special Summon Steelswarm Scout. Even if your opponent destroys Steelswarm Scout, at the start of your Main Phase, you will be able to Special Summon it back from the Graveyard.

In order to be able to activate this effect, you must control no Spell/Trap Cards and, if Steelswarm Scout is Special Summoned this way, you cannot Special Summon any other monsters for the rest of the turn.

Steelswarm Cell

If you control no monsters, you can Special Summon Steelswarm Cell from your hand.

  • Special Summon Steelswarm Cell and then Tribute Summon Steelswarm Moth or Steelswarm Girastag.

Tribute Fodder

When tributed to summon a Steelswarm monster, Steelswarm Caller special summons a level 4 or lower Steelswarm monster from your deck. Steelswarm Genome counts as 2 tributes for the summoning of a Steelswarm monster, but has terrible stats and must be tributed into Caucastag as soon as you can. You can combo by tributing Caller for Steelswarm Mantis to swarm your field with monsters. With Caller’s effect special summon Steelswarm Genome from your deck to prepare for Caucastag’s summoning. If summoned after this combo, it might be preferable to activate Caucastag’s backrow destruction effect.

Steelswarm Moth & Steelswarm Girastag

When it’s Tribute Summoned by Tributing a “Steelswarm” monster (Steelswarm Cell or Steelswarm Scout), by paying 1000 Life Points, Steelswarm Moth allows you to target up to two cards on your opponent’s side of the field and return them to their hand, whereas Steelswarm Girastag allows you to target a card your opponent controls, send it to the Graveyard and then gain 1000 Life Points.

Both Steelswarm Moth and Steelswarm Girastag have the ability to remove from the field cards your opponent controls without destroying them; their effects can be used to get rid of problematic monsters such as Legendary Six Samurai - Shi En and/or your opponent’s back row, enabling OTKs and/or slowly gaining control of the field.

While it’s true that cards such as Arrivalrivals and Escalation of the Monarchs can be played in order to be able to Tribute Summon Steelswarm Moth and Steelswarm Girastag during your opponent’s turn to disrupt their plays, they usually end up losing a lot of value whenever you are not on the play because of Shi En’s ability to negate their activation.

It should be noted that Steelswarm Moth and Steelswarm Girastag’s effects can be used to return Shi En to the Extra Deck or send it to the Graveyard and enable

Additional Notes


[Skill] descriptionUser
Can be used only once after starting hands are dealt. Reveal and redraw your starting hand. Your first Draw will be skipped if you use this Skill.
Maximillion Pegasus
Maximillion Pegasus

Opening with Stygian Security, Steelswarm Cell or Steelswarm Scout and Steelswarm Moth or Steelswarm Girastag is quite important: Restart will allow you to reset a potential weak or unplayable hand.

[Skill] descriptionUser
KaibaCorp Bling
Can be used each time your Life Points decrease by 1800. In the Draw Phase, instead of doing a normal draw, draw a random Prismatic or Glossy Card.
Mokuba Kaiba
Mokuba Kaiba

This Skill has synergy with both Steelswarm Moth and Cosmic Cyclone. You can run a Glossy copy of Steelswarm Cell or Steelswarm Moth / Steelswarm Girastag to be able to draw exactly the card that you need at the right time.


  • Both Steelswarm Moth and Steelswarm Girastag’s effect target your opponent’s cards, so “Hazy Flame” and, during the turn they were Summoned, “Ancient Gear” monsters (under Ancient Gear Fortress) can be problematic for this deck.
  • Ancient Gear Reactor Dragon and Ancient Gear Wyvern will prevent you from activating Sphere Kuriboh and Stygian Security’s effect.


Hot New Top
Escalation of the Monarchs make this deck good enough, arrival rivals help as well.
Deck has its ups and downs. Biggest issue with it is tribute summoning since your early creatures are trash. If you can get that big summon, your golden. If you get controlled or open with a dead hand, its gg.

Do like mixing in other fiends like Necrofear. Makes for some pretty unexpected plays.
Is Card Advance a decent addition to a Steelswarm deck?
<< Anonymous(Matt)
Anonymous Reply
Absolutely, if you have the space for it than run a copy or two.
This archietype is also useful if you're leveling up Yusei and want to take advantage of Mark of yhe Dragon - Head. I haven't used it in PvP, which if you do decide to try it out there, I'd recommend making some changes. In PvE tho, this is viable and should help you to get Yusei up in the early levels. Let me know if you have any questions on the deck.
<< Anonymous(Bosco)
Bosco Reply
Also Junk Warrior is in the Extra Deck
I've seen some vid from Playmaker featuring this deck and Monarch traps. Really powerful. The guys smashed plenty of meta decks with it.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Playmaker is my hero
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Yep, this archetype is quite underrated because It's a bit bricky. But arrival rivals can help.
Try this
1x dark necrofear
1x chaos hunter
3x caucastag
3x caller
3x genome
1x gates of dark world(or anything to help clear bricked hands like veil of darkness)
2x card advance
1x dust tornado(or really any backrow protection like xzh replica)
1x escalation of monarch
2x infestation ripples
2x infestation tool

However, if they brick you are doomed XD!
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
cool deck
try this deck

<< Anonymous(Pec)
Anonymous Reply
Nice deck... Btw why u putting a steelswarm sentinel there?
<< Anonymous(Pec)
arkomaster Reply
nah its not bad but it has many mistakes, like that sentinel and more caucastages than genomes, also if you want to be a steelswarm master you MUST have the escalation of the monarchs card because its just perfect for steelswarm deck. but keep buying crusaders battlegrounds deck and you will become better ;)
Steelswarm... yay ! O,..,O/
Arivalrivals is key in my steelswarm deck :3 u get it in rampage of the forest
This deck really needs Scout added to the game. It very own treeborne frog for the archetype

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